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Hi I'm Ted

I choose to be happy each day. I enjoy helping others and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 55 years old and was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I served a mission to the Cordoba, Argentina Mission where I learned the spanish language. I have 7 beautiful children who I love very much. However all of them are not active in the church. I feel we taught them all the same principles but a couple of them have chosen a different path for the time being. I have faith that through my temple sealing, they will return someday. This has been a challenge to me and my wife. I love the outdoors and gardening in my yard. I love being around water. It doesn't matter if it's a lake or river or the ocean. I love hearing the sounds it makes and playing in it. This brings me much happiness, especially if my family is around me. I love helping others. If I didn't have to work for a living, I would go around looking for things I could do for others. I love to see them happy. I work for a coal fire generating power plant. This means I have to work a couple of sundays each month. We have had to learn how to deal with this as a family. It has been difficult at times. I love being a grandpa to 7 grandchildren at this time. I can't wait for more to come. Every morning as I wake up I choose to be happy that day. I started this over ten years ago and it has made a great difference in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first because I was born into the church. As I grew and prayed I always had a good feeling about the church, but I'm sure I continued because of the example of my parents. During my high school years I was able to invite my best friend to hear about the church. As I sat in on his lessons my testimony grew of the gospel but I still hadn't recieved that undeniable confirmation. I continued to pray about the truthfulness of the gospel even when leaving on my mission to teach others about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Well, about my 2nd month in Cordoba, Argentina as we were teaching a gentleman about the church I was bearing my testimony to this man that I had grown to love and really cared for and wanted the best for him. I was testifying of Jesus Christ and of his love for us when I felt his arms envelope me and let me know that he love me beyond words and that what I was saying was the total truth. The feeling was so intense and just kept burning in my soul. It is almost unexplainable. From that day forth I have never doubted for one minute of why I remain a Mormon. I believe that when we can feel that great love that our older brother has for us and understand the great sacrifice that he passed through for us, it helps us to understand the great truthfulness that is in the teachings of Christs church. He only wants each of us to have the chance to learn and feel of that love. He wants to personally put his arms around us and say well done thou good and faithful servant. I try to learn more each day so that I can experience that great moment.

How I live my faith

I love serving others. Nothing brings me more joy than helping others. I remember as a small boy of about 5 years old, when I went with my family to help an older lady clean up her yard. We were there about 5 hours working and then we had a small picnic with her. I Have never forgot that good feeling of happiness that I felt. It was such a good feeling. I serve in the church right now, and many times in the past in the scouting program. I love helping the young men grow and develop into the next leaders of our community and country. Some of them have little direction at home and yearn for an example to pattern their life after. They are so funny at times and just want to be recognized and listened to. I like developing relationships with them as I teach them the basic fundamentals of Scouting. I pray that I can make a difference in one of their lives. I also love talking to others about the church. I love telling others about Christ and explaining to them about how the church today is set up exactly like he set up his original church when he walked in Jerusalem. One of the funnest things I have done in the church is when my wife and I were asked to organize a dance festival for the youth 14 to 18 from our town and 6 neighboring cities. It took about a year to do and we held it in our football stadium enclosed dome. We had 13 different dances performed and about 500 kids were involved. It was a great experience as we watch their faces light up as they performed for their parents. It was an unforgettable experience of serving the youth of our area. When ye are in the service of your fellow man ye are in the service of your God. I hope each day to do this better in my life.